New this week
Pompeii | Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator. PG-13. Starring: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss and Emily Browning. Critic’s rating: n/a.
3 Days to Kill | Ethan Runner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. PG-13. Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Winter’s Tale | One night in early 20th-century New York, master thief Peter Lake breaks into a Central Park mansion – and quickly has his heart stolen by its occupant, Beverly Penn. Unfortunately, their love is star-crossed; she is dying from consumption, and he is marked for death by his demonic former mentor, Pearly Soames. PG-13. Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe and William Hurt. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Robocop 2014 | the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. PG-13. Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
About Last Night | A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. R. Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall. Critic’s rating: n/a.
Endless Love | Following their high-school graduation, Jade Butterfield, a sheltered but privileged teen, becomes enthralled with David Elliot, a working-class youth with a troubled past. Though Jade and David fall quickly in love, Jade’s father strongly disapproves of the match, while David’s father advises caution. PG-13. Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Lego Movie | Emmet, an ordinary Lego figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special – an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s plans to conquer the world. PG. Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Monuments Men | An action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. PG-13. Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Vampire Academy | Tells the legend of Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi and Dhampirs. Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa – a royal vampire princess – have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. PG-13. Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky. Critic’s rating: n/a.
Labor Day | Centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. PG-13. Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Gattlin Griffith. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
That Awkward Moment | About three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So … where is this going?” R. Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars
Dallas Buyers Club | In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. R. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
I, Frankenstein 3D | Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. PG-13. Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit | To his friends and loved ones, young Jack Ryan appears to be an ordinary executive; however, he has secretly worked for the CIA for years. Ryan was originally brought in to crunch global data, but when he uncovers a carefully planned scheme to crash the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. PG-13. Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Devil’s Due | After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. R. Starring: Allison Miller and Zach Gilford. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Ride Along | When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother – a hot-tempered cop – to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. PG-13. Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
The Nut Job | An action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. PG. Starring: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Nebraska | Cantankerous old buzzard Woody Grant can barely walk down the street of his home in Billings, Mont., without stopping for a drink. So when Woody receives a sweepstakes notice in the mail and insists on making a 750-mile trip to Lincoln, Neb., to collect his prize, it falls to baffled son David to accompany him. During a stop in their Nebraska hometown, word gets out about Woody’s fortune, first making him a hero, then later, the target of predatory people. R. Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
Lone Survivor | Tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. R. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
August: Osage County | Tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. R. Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Her | A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after a long love affair ends, Theodore becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. R. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
The Wolf of Wall Street | While still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. R. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
American Hustle | A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. R. Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Saving Mr. Banks | When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. PG-13. Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Frozen (2013) | Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa. PG. Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
12 Years a Slave | In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner, he also found unexpected kindness from another, as he struggled continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changed Solomon’s life forever. Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbenderand Brad Pitt. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Philomena | An elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. PG-13. Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars